The United Arab Emirates says five of its diplomats were killed in a bombing in Afghanistan’s Kandahar that killed at least 11 people and wounded 17 others, including the UAE Ambassador. The official Emirati news agency, WAM, said the officials were “on a mission to carry out humanitarian, educational and development projects”. The blast, which struck the provincial governor’s office during a visit by the UAE delegation, was one of a string of bombings that hit three Afghan cities on Tuesday, killing nearly 50 people and wounding 100. The diplomats were expected to open a number of UAE-backed projects as part of an aid programme to Afghanistan. In honour of the dead, government institutions across the UAE were directed to fly the flag at half-mast for three days. The Taliban denied carrying out the bombing, saying the attack was a result of “internal local rivalry”.
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Newsline: Five UAE diplomats killed in Afghanistan attack